How Osseous Surgery Is Performed
The goal of this procedure is to eliminate periodontal pockets and smooth bone discrepancies, and is usually performed when the pockets have become deeper over time. We perform this procedure under local anesthesia and will need to make a small incision in the gums. We lift the gum tissue away from the tooth to access the root surfaces and bone in the underlying area. We can then clean the root surfaces of any plaque and tartar buildup before smoothing the bone of any rough surfaces. The last step involves trimming back some of the gum tissue before suturing it in place to start the healing process.
Benefits of Osseous Surgery
Flap surgery is a viable alternative to other types of gum disease treatment for many patients. Key benefits of this procedure include:
- Decreases pocket depths
- Eliminates plaque and tartar buildup in the mouth
- Freshens the breath
- Makes teeth cleaning visits more comfortable
- Improves gum health
- Stops infection from spreading
Gum Recession After Gum Disease
Patients who have significant gum tissue loss due to gum disease may need to undergo gum recession treatment to restore their smile. We may include this service as part of your gum disease treatment plan and perform this procedure once the gums have fully healed.